We consider ourselves as defective in memory, either because we remember less than we desire, or less than we suppose others to remember.
There may be other reasons for a man's not speaking in publick than want of resolution: he may have nothing to say.
A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself.
Whosoever shall look heedfully upon those who are eminent for their riches will not think their condition such as that he should hazard his quiet, and much less his virtue, to obtain it, for all that great wealth generally gives above a moderate fortune is more room for the freaks of caprice, and mo
I do not care to speak ill of a man behind his back, but I believe he is an attorney.
We are easily shocked by crimes which appear at once in their full magnitude, but the gradual growth of our own wickedness, endeared by interest, and palliated by all the artifices of self-deceit, gives us time to form distinctions in our own favor
The present is never a happy state to any human being.
There is a frightful interval between the seed and the timber.
If you want to be a writer, then write. Write every day!
If a man has a science to learn he must regularly and resolutely advance.
When first the college rolls receive his name,The young enthusiast quilts his ease for fame;Through all his veins the fever of renownBurns from the strong contagion of the gown
If a man begins to read in the middle of a book, and feels an inclination to go on, let him not quit it to go to the beginning. He may perhaps not feel again the inclination.
It is necessary to hope... for hope itself is happiness.
Riches seldom make their owners rich.
I would advise no man to marry who is not likely to propagate understanding.
Pension: An allowance made to anyone without an equivalent. In England it is generally understood to mean pay given to a state hireling for treason to his country.
A man in a jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company
I should as soon think of contradicting a bishop
Of riches it is not necessary to write the praise. Let it, however, be remembered that he who has money to spare has it always in his power to benefit others, and of such power a good man must always be desirous.
No man should attempt to teach others what he has never learned himself
Prejudice, not being founded on reason, cannot be removed by argument.
Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions. Samuel Joh
These papers of the day have uses more adequate to the purposes of common life than more pompous and durable volumes.
No one is much pleased with a companion who does not increase, in some respect, their fondness for themselves.
There are minds so impatient of inferiority that their gratitude is a species of revenge, and they return benefits, not because recompense is a pleasure, but because obligation is a pain.
Let us be quick to repent of injuries while repentance may not be a barren anguish.
Labor, if it were not necessary for existence, would be indispensable for the happiness of man.
To me - the choice of life is become less important; I hope hereafter to think only on the choice of eternity.
Spring is the season of gaiety, and winter of terror; in spring the heart of tranquility dances to the melody of the groves, and the eye of benevolence sparkles at the sight of happiness and plenty: in winter, compassion melts at universal calamity, and the tear of softness starts at the wailing of
The worst evils are those that never arrive.